Program Overview for Borrowers
How it works
Interested businesses will work with an eligible lender to determine if they meet the program requirements, which are available online, as well as the lender’s own underwriting standards. The lender will determine whether a business is approved for a loan. The Fed will participate in the lending by purchasing a 95% interest in the loan. The lender retains 5% of the loan.
The Main Street program aims to assist businesses that employ a major share of the American workforce. For smaller businesses, in addition to reviewing the Main Street Lending Program materials, it may be useful to consult the Small Business Administration’s Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources and the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund - Tools and Resources, which has a list of current certified CDFIs, many of which make loans to small businesses and provide technical assistance.*
*Please note, information about these lenders is provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. This does not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston or Federal Reserve System.